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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Use our Paris trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Place de la Bastille and other attractions in Paris.
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  • A very wide plaza decorated by the column of July which was erected between 1835 to 1840 to commemorate the 1830 revolution that saw the fall of Charles X. There are lots of restaurants and the...  more »
  • Place de la Bastille is a very important French historical place. It is the location where the infamous Bastille prison used to be. It was stormed and destroyed during the French Revolution. Nothing.....  more »
  • The Place de la Bastille monument was built on top of where the Bastille prison used to be. The prison was destroyed during the French revolution in between 1789 and 1790. Lots of lives were lots.....  more »
  • Place itself not too good, surroundings are very good
  • I like the place, for me it's mixing from old and historical place and a modern style of fountain. Overall I suggest all tourists who will visit Paris to have a quick visit and take some photos.
  • Pretty cool plaza. Just watch out for this shady golden fellow! Sometimes he leaves his post on the top of the column and goes hunting... He circles around the column on his little wings and suddenly swoops down to steal your sandwich.
  • Symbol of French revolution. Nearby this square has lot of cafes and bars, to spend a cozy evening.
  • Beautiful place. Really good resturants nearby. A good place for sitting also. Nice spot.

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